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Talking About the Dance

Kong is dead. That is to say, A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is complete, and moving inexorably towards its July 12 publication date.

Yes, I know. Old news. I've announced that before. And since finally completing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS some weeks ago, and announcing it here, I have been working on... drum roll, please... A DANCE WITH DRAGONS!

That's the way it goes with books. You finish, and breathe a sigh of relief... and then you get back to work. There's always more to be done. Your editor reads it and gives you notes. You make revisions, corrections. A copyeditor goes over the text, finds errors, points out contradictions and inconsistencies, raises queries. You fix some, stet others. Friends and fans gulp down the book, and find mistakes your editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders all missed. You fix those too, as time allows. Then there's the appendix to prepare. And then the appendix needs to be edited, proofread, corrected... and on and on it goes...

But now even that is behind me. Copyediting, appendix, proofs, corrections, all that stuff. The book tour has been planned (a few details yet to be worked out), the marketing plans are in place... and I can finally say that Kong is not just merely dead, but really most sincerely dead.

Now that the dust is settling at last, I thought I'd take a deep breath and look back at what a long strange trip this has been. If the process interests you, read on. But beware -- past this point, there may be some SPOILERS lurking amidst my discussion. Read on at your own peril.

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squirrellyguy
May. 20th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
Can't thank you enough for all that you've put into one of my all time favorite series!
fixnwrtr
May. 20th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Readers cannot understand how much work actually goes into a book and, even with good explanations like this, they still don't get it. All they want to know is when. As a writer who reads a lot, I can understand their anxiety, but the works takes as long as it takes.
jedk22
May. 20th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
2015 HBO The Winds of Winter
July 2011 Dance with Dragons book is released.
2011 HBO Game of Thrones
2015 HBO The Winds of Winter
So can we assume that book will be out before 2015?

Then comes the hard parts...
2016, 2017, books six and seven have to publish; assuming HBO is still running the series.

Can it be done?

JedK
wagnecm
May. 20th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Congratulation!
Congratulations, Sir Martin! Going through the creative/artistic process is a long and harsh road. To do it right, there are no short cuts. Many thanks for taking on that journey! It is greatly appreciated and will surely bring joy to the fans that you have already and the many more fans joining our ranks in the generations to come.
undercrust
May. 20th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
This is outstanding news! Congratulations GRRM and to your talented team of professionals. I've already got my order in, and fortunately enough I've had lots of practice with the supposedly-hard part...waiting ;)
kinra
May. 20th, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
I for one am extremely glad you did that Canadian book tour. It was a pleasure to meet you in Toronto, and chat for a bit about games and things.

That said, it looks like the show is turning out terrifically (I'm definitely digging it, and Peter Dinklage is the best thing I've seen on television in a while) and I'm about as excited for Dance as I can be, so, congratulations and thanks again.
arya
May. 20th, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
Spoiler request from any BWBers who might be in the know:
"The next largest chunk o' chapters belongs to an old POV character who has been missing for a couple of books, but now returns to us... rather the worse for wear.

Is Catelyn getting a POV again, or does this mean Davos ISN'T dead?!?
mugsy86
May. 20th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
Skepticism remains
I'm not buying it -- you knew the rapture was coming, and you purposely delayed so that we would never see the book. Now the book will never be seen. In case I'm wrong, could you e-mail the finished manuscript so that I can read it before tomorrow? You understand the time pressure -- thanks!
steveoh77
May. 20th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
Well Done!
George,

Thank you for the "tale" of writing the tale. I'm sure that will be valuable insight for any aspiring writer.

I hope to see you in Indy.
andabereczky
May. 20th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you, George, for all your efforts. I'm absolutely certain that all the meanies will swallow their words after they read this amazing book. Can't wait till July 12!
mamculuna
May. 20th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Yayyy!!!!
redbeardsghost
May. 20th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your insight into the process. I'm looking forward to meeting you 7/16
Eric Vogeler
May. 20th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
Congratulations again, George. Would love to see you in Salt Lake during your promotional tour. Wishing you the best!
ser_jesse
May. 20th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
George you are the best. Sure I ranted and raved and cussed you out a couple a times. well maybe more than a couple, but then I would set back and say, "My man George has already written the best books i've ever read, he knows what he is doing." then I would go on TOTH and yell at people that where not as patient as I.

anyway, I"m going to speak for alot of people and say how much we appreciate all your hard work and GREAT goddamn story telling abilities. It was also really cool and interesting you breaking down the last 10 years of this big ass monkey. Thank you. Christ, even reading that made me put ESPN on puase, and they were actually talking NHL playoffs for once. Once again thanks for the wonderful story so far and I can't wait for July. Yipeeeeeeeeee.
Markus Finster
May. 20th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it was worth the wait
I've been waiting impatiently for this book for years... then came a point where I thought to myself: "It'll be done when it's done."

So I'm glad I'll have it in my hands in a few weeks.

Congrats un wrestling down Kong, Mr. Martin!

Markus

PS: So, when will Winds of Winter be done? Kidding!
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